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Savannah Knutson (she/her)

Cell Biology, Physiology, and Metabolism
Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2024

Rotations:

  • Tejvir Khurana
Roxanne Perez-Tremble (she/her/hers)

Gene Therapy and Vaccines
Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2024

Rotations:

  • Kiran Musunuru
Emily Cha (she/her/hers)

Developmental, Stem Cell, and Regenerative Biology
Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2024

Rotations:

  • Judith Grinspan
  • Kelly Jordan-Sciutto
Rob Robino

Gene Therapy and Vaccines
Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2024

Rotations:

  • Leyuan Ma
Sarina  Smith (she/her/hers)

Genetics and Epigenetics
Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2024

Rotations:

  • Defne Amado
Benjamin Smood

Cell Biology, Physiology, and Metabolism
Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2023

Advisor(s):

  • Katsuhide Maeda
Nelida Robles Ramirez

Microbiology, Virology, and Parasitology
Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2023

Rotations:

  • Ken Cadwell
  • Igor Brodsky
  • Boris Striepen
Rachel Welles (she/her)

Cell Biology, Physiology, and Metabolism
Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2023

Advisor(s):

  • Michael Marks

Rotations:

  • Melike Lakadamyali
  • George Burslem
  • Michael Marks
Max Wadley (he/him/his)

Cell Biology, Physiology, and Metabolism
Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2023

Advisor(s):

  • Matthew Good

Rotations:

  • Roderick O'Connor
  • Matthew Good
  • Donita Brady
Anna Thickens

Cancer Biology
Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2023

Advisor(s):

  • Gregory Beatty

Rotations:

  • Crystal Conn
  • Yi Fan
  • Gregory Beatty
Ananya Talikoti (she/her/hers)

Gene Therapy and Vaccines
Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2023

Rotations:

  • Kiran Musunuru
  • Beverly Davidson
  • Junwei Shi
  • Rahul Kohli
Kaitlyn Toy

Cancer Biology
Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2023

Rotations:

  • Liling Wan
  • George Burslem
  • Roger Greenberg
Nehalee Surve (she/her/hers)

Gene Therapy and Vaccines
Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2023

Advisor(s):

  • Adeline Vanderver

Rotations:

  • Matthew Weitzman
  • Jonathan Miner
  • Adeline Vanderver
Lauren Olenick (she/her/hers)

Gene Therapy and Vaccines
Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2023

Rotations:

  • Kyla Ortved
  • Hansell Stedman
  • Lindsey George
  • Michael Hogan
Shirley Sun

Cancer Biology
Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2023

Advisor(s):

  • Carl June
  • Nikolaos Sgourakis

Rotations:

  • Nikolaos Sgourakis
  • Carl June
  • Robert Vonderheide
Kevin  Newcombe (he/him/his)

Gene Therapy and Vaccines
Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2023

Advisor(s):

  • Katharine Bar
  • Kiran Musunuru

Rotations:

  • Kiran Musunuru
  • Daniel Claiborne
  • Michael Betts
  • Katharine Bar
Kim Manning (she/her/hers)

Cancer Biology
Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2023

Advisor(s):

  • Ahmed Diab

Rotations:

  • Liling Wan
  • Ahmed Diab
  • Elizabeth White
Alyssa  Moore (she/her/hers)

Genetics and Epigenetics
Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2023

Advisor(s):

  • Brian Capell

Rotations:

  • Kahlilia Blanco
  • Brian Capell
  • Liling Wan
Clara Malekshahi (she/her/hers)

Microbiology, Virology, and Parasitology
Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2023

Advisor(s):

  • Louise Moncla

Rotations:

  • Scott Hensley
  • Sarah Tishkoff
  • Louise Moncla
Kendall  Lundgreen

Microbiology, Virology, and Parasitology
Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2023

Advisor(s):

  • Norbert Pardi
  • Michael Hogan

Rotations:

  • Laurence Eisenlohr
  • Norbert Pardi
  • Michael Hogan
Connor Hennessey (he/him)

Cancer Biology
Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2023

Advisor(s):

  • Sydney Shaffer

Rotations:

  • Adam Wolpaw
  • Sydney Shaffer
  • Timour Baslan
Sang Yub (Kevin) Kim (he/him/his)

Developmental, Stem Cell, and Regenerative Biology
Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2023

Advisor(s):

  • Thomas Leung

Rotations:

  • Thomas Leung
  • Foteini Mourkioti
  • Panteleimon Rompolas
Savana Hadjipantali (she/her/hers)

Genetics and Epigenetics
Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2023

Rotations:

  • Lan Lin
  • Marisa Bartolomei
  • Colin Conine
  • Glennis Logsdon
Beatriz Goncalves (she/her)

Cancer Biology
Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2023

Advisor(s):

  • Ma Leyuan

Rotations:

  • Xiaowei Xu
  • Daniel Powell
  • Ma Leyuan
Tessa  Fitch (she/her)

Developmental, Stem Cell, and Regenerative Biology
Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2023

Advisor(s):

  • Greg Bashaw

Rotations:

  • Erika Holzbaur
  • Greg Bashaw
  • Natali Chanaday
Ryan Gaspar (he/him)

Cell Biology, Physiology, and Metabolism
Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2023

Advisor(s):

  • Joe Baur

Rotations:

  • Zoltan Arany
  • Joe Baur
  • Liming Pei
Noah Ford

Gene Therapy and Vaccines
Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2023

Rotations:

  • Roderick O'Connor
  • Kathryn Wellen
  • Andy Minn
Jack Dowling (he/him/his)

Microbiology, Virology, and Parasitology
Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2023

Advisor(s):

  • Matthew Weitzman

Rotations:

  • Paul Lieberman
  • Matthew Weitzman
  • Amit Bar-Or
Dominique  Doyle (she/her/hers)

Developmental, Stem Cell, and Regenerative Biology
Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2023

Advisor(s):

  • Maria Basil

Rotations:

  • Jarod Zepp
  • Maria Basil
  • Rajan Jain
Tanis Dorwart (she/her)

Cancer Biology
Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2023

Advisor(s):

  • Kara Bernstein

Rotations:

  • Kara Bernstein
  • Christopher Lengner
  • Xiaolu Yang
Vivian Zhong (she/her/hers)

Developmental, Stem Cell, and Regenerative Biology
Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2023

Advisor(s):

  • Amita Sehgal

Rotations:

  • Fanxin Long
  • Edward Morrisey
  • Amita Sehgal
Isabel  Vargas (she/her/hers)

Microbiology, Virology, and Parasitology
Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2023

Rotations:

  • Paul Planet
  • Sunny Shin
  • Ken Cadwell
Joe Tandurella (he/him/his)

Cancer Biology
Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2023

Advisor(s):

  • John Wherry
  • Caroline Bartman

Rotations:

  • John Wherry
  • Caroline Bartman
  • Derek Oldridge
Madison Sangster (she/her/hers)

Gene Therapy and Vaccines
Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2023

Advisor(s):

  • Mariko Bennett

Rotations:

  • Daniel Kulp
  • Naiara Aquizu Lopez
  • Mariko Bennett
Morgan Rameau (she/her/hers)

Genetics and Epigenetics
Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2023

Advisor(s):

  • Eugene Khandros

Rotations:

  • Sharlene Day
  • Eugene Khandros
  • Chris Thom
Guillermo Pereda (he/him/his)

Developmental, Stem Cell, and Regenerative Biology
Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2023

Advisor(s):

  • Patrick Seale

Rotations:

  • Foteini Mourkioti
  • Fanxin Long
  • Patrick Seale
Diego  Jimenez (he/him/his)

Developmental, Stem Cell, and Regenerative Biology
Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2023

Advisor(s):

  • Greg Bashaw

Rotations:

  • Bushra Raj
  • Greg Bashaw
  • Andrew Modzelewski
Sara Kumar (she/her)

Developmental, Stem Cell, and Regenerative Biology
Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2023

Advisor(s):

  • Eugene Khandros

Rotations:

  • Eugene Khandros
  • Julia Warren
  • Vikram Paralkar
Nivitha Murali (she/her/hers)

Cancer Biology
Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2023

Advisor(s):

  • Kathryn Wellen

Rotations:

  • Brian Capell
  • Zoltan Arany
  • Kathryn Wellen
Dhyanam Shukla (he/him/his)

Developmental, Stem Cell, and Regenerative Biology
Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2023

Advisor(s):

  • Xilma Ortiz-Gonzalez

Rotations:

  • Eric Liao
  • Xilma Ortiz-Gonzalez
  • Theodore Drivas
Alexis Leach (she/her/hers)

Genetics and Epigenetics
Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2023

Advisor(s):

  • Colin Conine

Rotations:

  • Colin Conine
  • Doris Wagner
  • Mia Levine
Minh  Nguyen (she/her/hers)

Genetics and Epigenetics
Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2023

Advisor(s):

  • Pablo Camara

Rotations:

  • Michael Gandal
  • Pablo Camara
  • Ophir Shalem
Andoni Nolasco-Ramirez (he/him/his)

Microbiology, Virology, and Parasitology
Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2023

Rotations:

  • Michael Abt
  • Sara Cherry
Ian Yannuzzi (they/he)

Cancer Biology
Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2023

Advisor(s):

  • Kathryn Hamilton

Rotations:

  • Vikram Paralkar
  • Crystal Conn
  • Kathryn Hamilton
Audrey Griffith (she/her/hers)

Genetics and Epigenetics
Degree: VMD/PhD
Matriculation Year: 2023

Atharva Dhamale (he/him/his)

Genetics and Epigenetics
Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2023

Advisor(s):

  • Ophir Shalem

Rotations:

  • Yoseph Barash
  • Ophir Shalem
  • Lukasz Bugaj
Ana Cruz (she/her/hers)

Microbiology, Virology, and Parasitology
Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2023

Advisor(s):

  • Joseph St Geme

Rotations:

  • Ken Cadwell
  • Joseph St Geme
  • Nicole Marino
Hannah Geller (they/them)

Developmental, Stem Cell, and Regenerative Biology
Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2023

Advisor(s):

  • Mary Mullins

Rotations:

  • Mary Mullins
  • Montserrat Anguera
  • Priya Sivaramakrishnan
Suzana Hossain (she/her/hers)

Microbiology, Virology, and Parasitology
Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2023

Rotations:

  • Sunny Shin
  • Joseph Zackular
  • Joseph St Geme
Spencer Jeffrey (he/him/his)

Developmental, Stem Cell, and Regenerative Biology
Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2023

Advisor(s):

  • Patrick Seale

Rotations:

  • Juan Alvarez
  • Patrick Seale
  • Amelia Escolano
Patricia  Guadalupe (she/her/hers)

Cell Biology, Physiology, and Metabolism
Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2023

Advisor(s):

  • Paul Titchenell

Rotations:

  • Paul Titchenell
  • David Merrick
  • Damaris Lorenzo
Tiffany Hua (she/her/hers)

Cell Biology, Physiology, and Metabolism
Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2023

Advisor(s):

  • Christoph Thaiss

Rotations:

  • Paul Lieberman
  • Xiaolu Yang
  • Christoph Thaiss
Annastelle Cohen (she/her/hers)

Genetics and Epigenetics
Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2023

Rotations:

  • Jennifer Phillips-Cremins
  • Erica Korb
  • Roberto Bonasio
Megan Costa (she/her/hers)

Cancer Biology
Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2023

Advisor(s):

  • Dana Silverbush

Rotations:

  • Zev Binder
  • Donald O'Rourke
  • Dana Silverbush
  • Sydney Shaffer
Kassidy Cantwell (she/her/hers)

Microbiology, Virology, and Parasitology
Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2023

Advisor(s):

  • Igor Brodsky

Rotations:

  • Igor Brodsky
  • Paul Planet
  • Joseph Zackular
Xiaodi Chen (she/her)

Cancer Biology
Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2023

Advisor(s):

  • Roger Greenberg

Rotations:

  • Yi Fan
  • Roger Greenberg
  • Xiaolu Yang
Leonardo Claure (he/him/his)

Developmental, Stem Cell, and Regenerative Biology
Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2023

Advisor(s):

  • Guo-Li Ming
  • Kimberly Christian

Rotations:

  • Juan Alvarez
  • Michael Granato
  • Kimberly Christian
Adel Atari

Cancer Biology
Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2023

Advisor(s):

  • Roger Greenberg

Rotations:

  • Andres Blanco
  • Roger Greenberg
  • Peter Choi
Stephanie  Blackwood (she/her/hers)

Gene Therapy and Vaccines
Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2023

Advisor(s):

  • Rebecca Ahrens-Nicklas

Rotations:

  • Kiran Musunuru
  • Rebecca Ahrens-Nicklas
  • Vijay Bhoj
Noah Beratan (he/him)

Gene Therapy and Vaccines
Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2023

Advisor(s):

  • Katharine Bar

Rotations:

  • Beatrice Hahn
  • Katharine Bar
  • Norbert Pardi
Rebeca Aquino Ventura (she/her/hers)

Gene Therapy and Vaccines
Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2023

Rotations:

  • Saba Ghassemi
  • Saar Gill
  • Katherine Uyhazi
  • John Maris
Jessica Barragan (she/her/hers)

Gene Therapy and Vaccines
Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2023

Advisor(s):

  • Evan Weber
  • John Wherry

Rotations:

  • Marco Ruella
  • Evan Weber
  • John Wherry
Christian  Andino (he/him)

Developmental, Stem Cell, and Regenerative Biology
Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2023

Rotations:

  • Chris Thom
  • Andrew Vaughan
  • Peter Kurre
Po Hu (he/him/his)

Genetics and Epigenetics
Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2023

Advisor(s):

  • Liming Pei

Rotations:

  • Liming Pei
  • Kenneth Margulies
  • Yoseph Barash
Jessica  Anderson (she/her/hers)

Genetics and Epigenetics
Degree: MD/PhD
Matriculation Year: 2023

Rotations:

  • Colin Conine
Jennifer Hoffmann (she/her)

Gene Therapy and Vaccines
Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2020

Advisor(s):

  • Vijay Bhoj

Rotations:

  • Kristopher Bosse
  • Elizabeth Bhoj
  • Hansell Stedman
  • Carl June
Erin DeNardo

Microbiology, Virology, and Parasitology
Degree: VMD/PhD
Matriculation Year: 2022

Rotations:

  • Phillip Scott
  • Ken Cadwell
Chujie Gong

Developmental, Stem Cell, and Regenerative Biology
Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2021

Advisor(s):

  • Liling Wan

Rotations:

  • Liling Wan
  • Warren Pear
  • Kai Tan
Chaoting Zhou

Genetics and Epigenetics
Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2023

Advisor(s):

  • Ken Caldwell
Vivian Hoang (she/her/hers)

Microbiology, Virology, and Parasitology
Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2022

Advisor(s):

  • Ken Cadwell

Rotations:

  • Scott Hensley
  • Laurence Eisenlohr
  • Matthew Weitzman
  • Ken Cadwell

viral host immune system evasion, viral entry


Sonja Zolnoski (she/her/hers)

Microbiology, Virology, and Parasitology
Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2022

Advisor(s):

  • Frederic Bushman

Rotations:

  • Sara Cherry
  • Louise Moncla
  • Frederic Bushman

ebola, filoviridae, filoviruses, rabies, marburg


Xinye (Ashley) Zhao

Cell Biology, Physiology, and Metabolism
Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2022

Advisor(s):

  • Yi Fan

Rotations:

  • Daniel Kelly
  • Sharlene Day
  • Yi Fan

molecular mechanisms of energy homeostasis and metabolic reprogramming during disease progression


Thomas Zhang (he/him/his)

Cancer Biology
Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2022

Advisor(s):

  • Andy Minn

Rotations:

  • Katherine Nathanson
  • Lewis Chodosh
  • Andy Minn

cancer signaling, functional genomics, computational biology


Jiazheng (Victor) Xing (he/him/his)

Cell Biology, Physiology, and Metabolism
Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2022

Advisor(s):

  • Melike Lakadamyali

Rotations:

  • Michael Marks
  • Erika Holzbaur
  • Melike Lakadamyali

trafficking, cytoskeleton, neurodegenerative diseases


Nicholas (Nick)  Williams (he/him/his)

Developmental, Stem Cell, and Regenerative Biology
Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2022

Advisor(s):

  • Patrick Seale

Rotations:

  • Patrick Seale
  • Fanxin Long
  • Rebecca Simmons

stem cells, tissue regeneration, organoids, hESCs


Erik Williams (he/him)

Cancer Biology
Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2022

Advisor(s):

  • Joseph Fraietta

Rotations:

  • Nicola Mason
  • Tzipora Sarah Karin Eisinger
  • Joseph Fraietta

CAR-T Therapy, tumor microenvironment


Emma Welter (she/her/hers)

Genetics and Epigenetics
Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2022

Advisor(s):

  • Montserrat Anguera

Rotations:

  • Craig Bassing
  • Elizabeth Bhoj
  • Rebecca Ahrens-Nicklas
  • Montserrat Anguera

genetics of human disease, genetic basis of neurological disorders, adaptive immunity


Ashley Weiss (she/her/hers)

Microbiology, Virology, and Parasitology
Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2022

Advisor(s):

  • Joseph Zackular

Rotations:

  • Joseph Zackular
  • Will Bailis
  • Igor Brodsky

human microbiome, host-microbe interactions, disease mechanisms


Benjamin Wales-McGrath (he/him/his)

Genetics and Epigenetics
Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2022

Advisor(s):

  • Yoseph Barash
  • Peter Choi

Rotations:

  • Yoseph Barash
  • Peter Choi
  • Brian Gregory

gene regulation, RNA biology, systems biology, computational biology


Molly Weiner (she/her)

Developmental, Stem Cell, and Regenerative Biology
Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2022

Advisor(s):

  • Christoph Thaiss

Rotations:

  • Robert Heuckeroth
  • De'Broski Herbert
  • Christoph Thaiss

neuro-immune and neuro-microbial interactions


Amanda  Watkins (she/her/hers)

Cell Biology, Physiology, and Metabolism
Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2022

Advisor(s):

  • Hyun (Michel) Koo

Rotations:

  • Robert Mauck
  • Hyun (Michael) Koo

peri-prosthetic implant infection, bone infection, equine surgery, osteoarthritis


Kayleigh Voos

Cell Biology, Physiology, and Metabolism
Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2022

Project Title: Elucidating cytoskeletal contributions to mitochondrial dynamics and bioenergetics in skeletal muscle

Advisor(s):

  • Damaris Lorenzo
Andrea Valdespino (she/her)

Cancer Biology
Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2022

Advisor(s):

  • Maureen Murphy

Rotations:

  • Elizabeth White
  • Maureen Murphy
  • Lewis Chodosh

TNBC, metastasis, unfolded protein response, host-virus interactions


Katelyn (Katie) Toohill (she/her)

Developmental, Stem Cell, and Regenerative Biology
Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2022

Advisor(s):

  • Andrew Modzelewski

Rotations:

  • Thomas Leung
  • Bushra Raj
  • Andrew Modzelewski

regeneration, wound healing, genetic regulation of diseased states


Melody Tan (she/her)

Gene Therapy and Vaccines
Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2022

Advisor(s):

  • John Wherry

Rotations:

  • Marco Ruella
  • Gerd Blobel
  • John Wherry

Modulating the adaptive immune response to cancer;
cell therapy engineering and genetic manipulation techniques


Kayla Snare (she/her)

Cancer Biology
Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2022

Advisor(s):

  • Guilherme Nader

Rotations:

  • Gregory Beatty
  • Rami Amaravadi
  • Ben Stanger
  • Guilherme Nader

tumor microenvironment, immune system, and metabolic reprogramming


Sidney Smith (she/her/hers)

Cell Biology, Physiology, and Metabolism
Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2022

Advisor(s):

  • Stefano Rivella

Rotations:

  • Benjamin Prosser
  • Stefano Rivella
  • Rebecca Ahrens-Nicklas

microscopy, cell-based therapies, gene therapy, physiology


Anastasia Slavutsky

Cell Biology, Physiology, and Metabolism
Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2022

Project Title: Elucidating the role of βII-spectrin in the pathogenicity of the neurodevelopmental SPTBN1 syndrome

Advisor(s):

  • Damaris Lorenzo
Rachel Sklutuis

Microbiology, Virology, and Parasitology
Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2022

Advisor(s):

  • Tempera Italo

Rotations:

  • Paul Bates
  • Sara Cherry
  • Tempera Italo

virology, molecular biology, assay development


Joanatta Shapiro

Genetics and Epigenetics
Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2022

Advisor(s):

  • Eric Joyce

Rotations:

  • Montserrat Anguera
  • Elizabeth Bhoj
  • Eric Joyce

models of human disease, gene regulation, gene therapies, development


Sena Sarıkaya (she/her/hers)

Developmental, Stem Cell, and Regenerative Biology
Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2022

Advisor(s):

  • Mustafa Mir

Rotations:

  • Mustafa Mir
  • Mark Kahn
  • Kenneth Zaret

embryology; developmental biology; cell biology; biophysics; microscopy; maternal-fetal-interactions; morphogenesis


Eleanor Sams (they/she)

Genetics and Epigenetics
Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2022

Advisor(s):

  • Vikram Paralkar

Rotations:

  • Kathrin Bernt
  • Vikram Paralkar
  • Crystal Conn

genetic and epigenetic mechanisms of normal and malignant hematopoiesis


Arushi  Sahay (she/hers)

Genetics and Epigenetics
Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2022

Advisor(s):

  • Liling Wan

Rotations:

  • Brian Capell
  • Liling Wan
  • Peter Choi

integrating genetics, cancer biology, and immunology to study disease mechanisms and progression


Shira  Rosenberg (she/her/hers)

Cancer Biology
Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2022

Advisor(s):

  • Alexander Huang

Rotations:

  • Arjun Raj
  • Kara Maxwell
  • Alexander Huang

hematopoietic disorders, multi-omics, cancer therapeutics, tumor development


Rachel Richards (she/her/hers)

Microbiology, Virology, and Parasitology
Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2022

Advisor(s):

  • Sunny Shin

Rotations:

  • Mechthild Pohlschroder
  • Paul Planet
  • Cornelius Taabazuing

innate Immunity, host-pathogen interactions, inequity in STEM


James Regan (he/him)

Microbiology, Virology, and Parasitology
Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2022

Advisor(s):

  • Jianxin You

Rotations:

  • Una O'Doherty
  • Michael Betts
  • Jianxin You

Host-pathogen interaction during HIV infection; adaptive immune response to viral infection


Jennifer Paulino

Microbiology, Virology, and Parasitology
Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2022

Advisor(s):

  • Scott Hensley

Rotations:

  • Igor Brodsky
  • Daniel Beiting
  • Scott Hensley

host-pathogen interaction, human gut microbiome, antibiotic resistant, autoimmune disease.


Kisha Patel (she/her/hers)

Cancer Biology
Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2022

Advisor(s):

  • Carl June

Rotations:

  • Vijay Bhoj
  • Carl June
  • John Wherry
  • Christina Jackson

neurosurgery, brain-based cancers, immunotherapy, immunometabolism


Sonresa Ochoa-Vidales (she/her/ella)

Microbiology, Virology, and Parasitology
Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2022

Advisor(s):

  • Scott Gordon

Rotations:

  • Audrey John
  • Scott Gordon
  • Montserrat Anguera

viral pathogenesis, molecular and structural virology, and host-virus dynamics


Elizabeth (Libby) Nunn (she/her)

Cell Biology, Physiology, and Metabolism
Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2022

Advisor(s):

  • Paul Titchenell

Rotations:

  • David Merrick
  • Will Bailis
  • Paul Titchenell

role of cellular metabolism in cell fate decisions, epigenetics, and disease


Svathi Murali (she/hers)

Genetics and Epigenetics
Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2022

Advisor(s):

  • Alessandra Chesi

Rotations:

  • Erica Korb
  • Lan Lin
  • Alessandra Chesi

neurological disorders, neuroepigenetics, translational research


Kathlyene (Katey) Stone (she/her)

Cell Biology, Physiology, and Metabolism
Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2022

Advisor(s):

  • Benjamin Prosser

Rotations:

  • Melike Lakadamyali
  • Benjamin Prosser
  • Sandra Maday

translational regulation mechanisms in cardiomyocytes


Ashley Melendez-Perez (she/hers)

Genetics and Epigenetics
Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2022

Advisor(s):

  • Elizabeth Bhoj

Rotations:

  • Elizabeth Bhoj
  • Ana Cristancho

3D genome organization, molecular genetics, epigenetics


Jayne McDevitt (she/her/hers)

Cancer Biology
Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2022

Advisor(s):

  • Ben Stanger

Rotations:

  • Ronny Drapkin
  • Gregory Beatty
  • Ben Stanger

development of cancer drugs and therapies, focusing on metabolic dysregulation and/or immunology


Kirsten Mallon (she/her/hers)

Microbiology, Virology, and Parasitology
Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2022

Advisor(s):

  • Michael Povelones

Rotations:

  • Katharine Bar
  • Una O'Doherty
  • Michael Povelones

host-pathogen response, virology, immunology, public health


Lauren Elizabeth Lee (she/her/hers)

Cell Biology, Physiology, and Metabolism
Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2022

Advisor(s):

  • Zoltan Arany

Rotations:

  • Katalin Susztak
  • Liming Pei
  • Zoltan Arany

renal physiology, metabolic determinants of disease, metabolic signaling, cellular/organelle substrate use and preference


Beoung Hun (Beoung) Lee (he/his)

Genetics and Epigenetics
Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2022

Advisor(s):

  • Kai Wang

Rotations:

  • Hongjun Song
  • Jennifer Phillips-Cremins
  • Kai Wang

epigenetics, computational biology, bioinformatics, chromatin interactions, DNA methylation


Kelsey Leach (she/her/hers)

Genetics and Epigenetics
Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2022

Advisor(s):

  • Alessandro Gardini

Rotations:

  • Jennifer Phillips-Cremins
  • Alessandro Gardini
  • Pablo Camara

human disease epigenetics


Tran Ngoc Van (Van) Le (she/her/hers)

Cell Biology, Physiology, and Metabolism
Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2022

Advisor(s):

  • Will Bailis

Rotations:

  • Chengcheng Jin
  • Celeste Simon
  • Will Bailis

cancer metabolism, cancer immunotherapy


Po-Lun (Po) Kung (he/him/his)

Developmental, Stem Cell, and Regenerative Biology
Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2022

Advisor(s):

  • Chris Thom

Rotations:

  • Jarod Zepp
  • Andrew Vaughan
  • Chris Thom

regulatory mechanisms affecting tissue regeneration and/or stem cell fates


Morgan Kuczler (she/her)

Cancer Biology
Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2022

Advisor(s):

  • Lewis Chodosh

Rotations:

  • Ronny Drapkin
  • Lewis Chodosh
  • Celeste Simon

therapeutic resistance, cell stress response/adaptation, and/or cancer cell progression


Elena Kahn (she/her)

Gene Therapy and Vaccines
Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2022

Advisor(s):

  • Kiran Musunuru

Rotations:

  • Henry Daniell
  • Kiran Musunuru
  • Christopher Ellebrecht

mechanisms of immunity and autoimmunity, gene therapy, plant/marine biomedicine


Alexis  Jean Morales (he/him/his)

Cancer Biology
Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2022

Advisor(s):

  • Irfan Asangani

Rotations:

  • Liling Wan
  • Irfan Asangani
  • Lewis Chodosh

immunotherapy, targeted therapy, resistance mechanisms


Teshawn Johnson

Developmental, Stem Cell, and Regenerative Biology
Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2022

Advisor(s):

  • Judith Grinspan
  • Kelly Jordan-Sciutto

Rotations:

  • Kimberly Christian
  • Jennifer Orthmann Murphy
  • Judith Grinspan

developmental neuroscience, adult neurogenesis, neuroprotective strategies/neuroregeneration, neurodegeneration


Marisol  Hooks (she/her/hers)

Genetics and Epigenetics
Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2022

Advisor(s):

  • Elizabeth Heller

Rotations:

  • Elizabeth Heller
  • Kavitha Sarma
  • Elizabeth Bhoj

neuroepigenetics, neurological disorders, translational medicine, health disparities, toxicology, environmental medicine


Olivia Hix (she/her)

Developmental, Stem Cell, and Regenerative Biology
Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2022

Advisor(s):

  • Kathryn Hamilton

Rotations:

  • David Feldser
  • Kathryn Hamilton
  • Andrew Vaughan

the intersection of developmental biology and disease/cancer biology


Jill  Henrich (she/her)

Cancer Biology
Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2022

Advisor(s):

  • Vikram Paralkar

Rotations:

  • Liling Wan
  • Vikram Paralkar
  • Gerd Blobel

cancer epigenetics, tumor immunology/immunotherapies, translational therapeutics, malignant transformation


Natalie Hagen (she/her/hers)

Microbiology, Virology, and Parasitology
Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2022

Advisor(s):

  • Frederic Bushman

Rotations:

  • Frederic Bushman
  • Scott Hensley
  • Louise Moncla

host-microbiota interactions, microbiome, metabolism, virology, infectious disease


Kim  Ha (she/her)

Genetics and Epigenetics
Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2022

Advisor(s):

  • Chris Thom

Rotations:

  • Chris Thom
  • Maja Bucan
  • Matthew Kayser
  • Rachel Kember

sequencing technologies, bioinformatic/statistical approaches, metabolic and respiratory diseases, mendelian disorders


Sarah Grandinette (she/her)

Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2022

Advisor(s):

  • Kiran Musunuru

Rotations:

  • Kiran Musunuru
  • William Peranteau
  • Rebecca Ahrens-Nicklas

gene editing and gene therapies to treat disease


Reyna Garcia Sillas (she/her/hers)

Microbiology, Virology, and Parasitology
Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2022

Advisor(s):

  • Igor Brodsky

Rotations:

  • Cornelius Taabazuing
  • Igor Brodsky
  • Kellie Jurado

host-pathogen interaction, microbiology. innate immune response


Angela Gaesser (she/her/hers)

Developmental, Stem Cell, and Regenerative Biology
Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2022

Advisor(s):

  • Kyla Ortved

Rotations:

  • Ling Qin
  • Kyla Ortved

mesenchymal stem cells, extracellular vesicles, osteoarthritis, joint, cartilage


Jiayi Duan (she/her)

Microbiology, Virology, and Parasitology
Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2022

Advisor(s):

  • Frederic Bushman

Rotations:

  • Michael Betts
  • Luis Montaner
  • Frederic Bushman

viral pathogenesis, HIV persistence, adaptive immune responses, infectious diseases


Joan Donahue (she/her)

Developmental, Stem Cell, and Regenerative Biology
Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2022

Advisor(s):

  • Yana Kamberov

Rotations:

  • Foteini Mourkioti
  • Yana Kamberov
  • Bushra Raj

regeneration, skeletal development, limb development, cell signaling


John  Doherty (he/him/his)

Genetics and Epigenetics
Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2022

Advisor(s):

  • Roberto Bonasio

Rotations:

  • Colin Conine
  • Roberto Bonasio
  • Ophir Shalem

RNA mediated epigenetic gene regulation and inheritance


Nicole DeBruyne (she/her)

Genetics and Epigenetics
Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2022

Advisor(s):

  • Lan Lin

Rotations:

  • Kara Maxwell
  • Struan Grant
  • Lan Lin

Utilizing next-generation sequencing technologies to study and identify variants associated with genetic human diseases


Mara  Davis (she/her)

Gene Therapy and Vaccines
Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2022

Advisor(s):

  • Saar Gill
  • Frederick Christian Bennett

Rotations:

  • Naiara Aquizu Lopez
  • Frederick Christian Bennett
  • Saar Gill

neurodegenerative disease, AAV therapy, trinucleotide repeat disorders


Emily  Daley (she/her/hers)

Gene Therapy and Vaccines
Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2022

Advisor(s):

  • Norbert Pardi

Rotations:

  • Hamideh Parhiz
  • Norbert Pardi
  • Daniel Powell

mRNA-LNP vaccines for infectious disease


Diana  Cruz (she/her)

Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2022

Advisor(s):

  • Guilherme Nader
  • Aime Franco

Rotations:

  • Xianxin Hua
  • Aime Franco
  • Guilherme Nader

cold tumors, microenvironment, immunotherapy, inflammatory response


Taylor  Crawford (she/her)

Cancer Biology
Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2022

Advisor(s):

  • Kara Maxwell

Rotations:

  • Kara Maxwell
  • Kathrin Bernt
  • Robert Bowman

cancer epigenetics, health disparities in breast cancer and prostate cancer, tumor metastasis


Diana Renteria

Degree: MD/PhD
Matriculation Year: 2022

Advisor(s):

  • Denise Sabatino

Rotations:

  • Eileen Shore
  • Denise Sabatino
Daana Roach (she/her/hers)

Developmental, Stem Cell, and Regenerative Biology
Degree: VMD/PhD
Matriculation Year: 2022

Advisor(s):

  • Kathryn Hamilton

Rotations:

  • Christopher Lengner
  • Kathryn Hamilton
Casey Mogilevsky

Degree: MD/PhD
Matriculation Year: 2022

Rotations:

  • Rahul Kohli
  • Kiran Musunuru
Joseph McGaunn

Degree: MD/PhD
Matriculation Year: 2022

Rotations:

  • Joe Baur
Pedro Mendez Fernandez

Genetics and Epigenetics
Degree: MD/PhD
Matriculation Year: 2022

Rotations:

  • Rajan Jain
Sarah Finstuen-Magro

Degree: MD/PhD
Matriculation Year: 2022

Rotations:

  • Ben Stanger
Walla (Miguel) Disbennett

Degree: MD/PhD
Matriculation Year: 2022

Rotations:

  • Michaela Locci
  • Jonathan Miner
Islam Elsaid

Degree: MD/PhD
Matriculation Year: 2022

Rotations:

  • Sydney Shaffer
  • Donita Brady
Breezy Brock

Microbiology, Virology, and Parasitology
Degree: VMD/PhD
Matriculation Year: 2022

Rotations:

  • Nicola Mason
Natalie Brown

Degree: MD/PhD
Matriculation Year: 2022

Rotations:

  • Zoltan Arany
Margaret (Maggie) Cassidy

Genetics and Epigenetics
Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2022

Advisor(s):

  • Rebecca Ahrens-Nicklas
  • Ana Cristancho

Rotations:

  • Bushra Raj
  • Ana Cristancho
  • Rebecca Ahrens-Nicklas

molecular genetic mechanisms related to neurodevelopmental disorders


Ariana Campbell (she/her/hers)

Microbiology, Virology, and Parasitology
Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2022

Advisor(s):

  • Kellie Jurado

Rotations:

  • Michal Elovitz
  • Kellie Jurado
  • Scott Gordon

infectious diseases at the maternal-fetal interface and changes in the immune system during pregnancy


Vasia Barka

Degree: MD/PhD
Matriculation Year: 2022

Rotations:

  • Sharlene Day
  • Marie Guerraty
Devin Burris (she/her)

Gene Therapy and Vaccines
Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2022

Advisor(s):

  • Rebecca Ahrens-Nicklas

Rotations:

  • Rebecca Ahrens-Nicklas
  • Katherine Uyhazi
  • Beverly Davidson

gene therapy, ASOs, iPSCs for neuromuscular, optical, epileptic, and other neurologic diseases


Isabel Breuer (she/her)

Genetics and Epigenetics
Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2022

Advisor(s):

  • Kristen Lynch

Rotations:

  • Kristen Lynch
  • Colin Conine
  • Sarah Henrickson

Gene regulation, specifically RNA, effects in development and/or genetic diseases


Theresa Astmann

Microbiology, Virology, and Parasitology
Degree: VMD/PhD
Matriculation Year: 2022

Rotations:

  • Daniel Beiting
Daniel Boehmler (he/him)

Cancer Biology
Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2022

Advisor(s):

  • Terrance Gade
  • Aalim Weljie

Rotations:

  • Zoltan Arany
  • Terrance Gade
  • Aalim Weljie

cancer cell metabolism/metabolomics, lipidomics, and host/gut microbiome interaction


Audrey Bochi-Layec (she/her)

Gene Therapy and Vaccines
Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2022

Advisor(s):

  • Marco Ruella

Rotations:

  • Marco Ruella
  • Michael Milone
  • Carl June

cancer immunotherapy, CARs, neoantigens


Louisa Boateng (she/her)

Genetics and Epigenetics
Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2022

Rotations:

  • Eric Joyce
  • Brian Capell
  • Alessandra Chesi

epigenetics, translational medicine, environmental-gene interactions, cancer biology, reproduction and development, and toxicology


Jackson  Bauer (he/him)

Gene Therapy and Vaccines
Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2022

Advisor(s):

  • William Peranteau

Rotations:

  • Lindsey George
  • James Riley
  • William Peranteau

cell and gene therapy, gene editing


Hyun Hyung (Claire) An (she/her)

Developmental, Stem Cell, and Regenerative Biology
Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2022

Advisor(s):

  • Nancy Speck
  • Andrew Modzelewski

Rotations:

  • Paul Gadue
  • Nancy Speck
  • Andrew Modzelewski

stem cells, hematopoiesis, erythropoiesis


Jasmine Akoto (she/her/hers)

Genetics and Epigenetics
Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2022

Advisor(s):

  • Naiara Aquizu Lopez

Rotations:

  • Naiara Aquizu Lopez
  • Erica Korb
  • Kahlilia Blanco

Genetics/Genomics, Molecular Biology, Neurodevelopmental Disorders, Psychiatric Disorders


Eva Agostino (she/her/hers)

Microbiology, Virology, and Parasitology
Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2022

Advisor(s):

  • Joseph St Geme

Rotations:

  • Joseph St Geme
  • Matthew Weitzman
  • Ken Cadwell

microbial pathogenesis, virology, bacteriology, host-pathogen interactions, infectious disease


Jordan Ort (he/him)

Microbiology, Virology, and Parasitology
Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2022

Advisor(s):

  • Scott Hensley
  • Louise Moncla

Rotations:

  • George Shaw
  • Elizabeth Grice
  • Louise Moncla

viral immune evasion to host antibody responses or impact of microbiome on human disease


Meryl Mendoza (she/her)

Developmental, Stem Cell, and Regenerative Biology
Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2022

Advisor(s):

  • Andrew Vaughan

Rotations:

  • Andrew Vaughan
  • Yana Kamberov
  • Riccardo Gottardi

Regenerative medicine and stem cell regulation


Diego Mendez (he/him)

Developmental, Stem Cell, and Regenerative Biology
Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2022

Advisor(s):

  • Kenneth Zaret

Rotations:

  • Alex Hughes
  • Rajan Jain
  • Kenneth Zaret

Understanding the genetic/epigenetic programs underlying normal cell and disease development to develop novel therapies


Morgan McGrath (she/her)

Cancer Biology
Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2022

Advisor(s):

  • Crystal Conn

Rotations:

  • Tzipora Sarah Karin Eisinger
  • Crystal Conn
  • Mark Kahn

cellular plasticity in cancer, metastatic transformation


Taku Harada (he/him/his)

Cancer Biology
Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2022

Advisor(s):

  • Roger Greenberg

Rotations:

  • Lewis Chodosh
  • Roger Greenberg
  • Kathryn Wellen

cancer genomics, transcriptional biology, cancer immunology


Jacob Cote (he/him)

Microbiology, Virology, and Parasitology
Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2022

Advisor(s):

  • Mechthild Pohlschroder

Rotations:

  • Ileana Perez-Rodriguez
  • Jun Zhu
  • Mechthild Pohlschroder

bacterial physiology, bacterial metabolism, bioinformatics


Maxime Zamba-Campero (she/her)

Microbiology, Virology, and Parasitology
Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2021

Project Title: Elucidating the role of histidine in Salmonella pathogenicity

Advisor(s):

  • Igor Brodsky

Rotations:

  • Joseph Zackular
  • Igor Brodsky
  • Audrey John
Thomas

Developmental, Stem Cell, and Regenerative Biology
Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2021

Project Title: Targeting pathogenic fibroblasts in the heart with engineered regulatory T cells

Advisor(s):

  • Jonathan Epstein

Rotations:

  • Nancy Speck
  • Jonathan Epstein
  • Paul Gadue
Jane Xie (she/her)

Cancer Biology
Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2021

Project Title: Investigating the Impact of Tissue-of-Origin on Tumor Cell-Intrinsic Regulation of Immune Infiltration

Advisor(s):

  • Ben Stanger

Rotations:

  • Thomas DeRaedt
  • Gregory Beatty
  • Roderick O'Connor
  • Ben Stanger
Linlin Yang (she/her)

Microbiology, Virology, and Parasitology
Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2021

Project Title: To identify host factors that mediate the neurotropism of peptide-modified AAVs targeting human brain. 

Advisor(s):

  • Laurence Eisenlohr

Rotations:

  • John Wherry
  • George Shaw
  • Beverly Davidson
Reiko Tomizawa (she/her)

Developmental, Stem Cell, and Regenerative Biology
Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2021

Advisor(s):

  • Yana Kamberov

Rotations:

  • Yana Kamberov
  • Mary Mullins
  • Bushra Raj
Valeria Vigo (she/her)

Microbiology, Virology, and Parasitology
Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2021

Project Title: Evaluating Haemophilus influenzae adhesin (Hia) as a potential vaccine antigen against Non-typeable Haemophilus influenzae nasopharyngeal colonization.

Advisor(s):

  • Joseph St Geme

Rotations:

  • Igor Brodsky
  • Joseph St Geme
  • De'Broski Herbert
Erin Smith (she/her)

Cell Biology, Physiology, and Metabolism
Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2021

Project Title: Defining Lysosomal Degradation Within and Between Neurons and Astrocytes in Response to Proteotoxic Stress

Advisor(s):

  • Sandra Maday

Rotations:

  • Erika Holzbaur
  • Anna Kashina
  • Sandra Maday
Helen Stillwell

Microbiology, Virology, and Parasitology
Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2021

Advisor(s):

  • Susan Weiss

Rotations:

  • Susan Weiss
  • Norbert Pardi
  • Michaela Locci
  • Frederic Bushman
Lauren Testa (she/her)

Gene Therapy and Vaccines
Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2021

Project Title: Genome editing for hereditary connective tissue disorders

Advisor(s):

  • Kiran Musunuru

Rotations:

  • Elizabeth Bhoj
  • Kiran Musunuru
  • Benjamin Prosser
Taylor Senay (she/her)

Microbiology, Virology, and Parasitology
Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2021

Project Title: Determining the Mechanisms of MCPyV Host Immune Modulation

Advisor(s):

  • Jianxin You

Rotations:

  • Joseph St Geme
  • Jianxin You
  • Elizabeth Grice
Jaydeen Sewell (she/her)

Microbiology, Virology, and Parasitology
Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2021

Project Title: Dissecting the interaction between Coxiella burnetii effector protein CBU1314 and the human Polymerase Associated Factor 1 Complex

Advisor(s):

  • Sunny Shin

Rotations:

  • Sunny Shin
  • Elizabeth White
  • Igor Brodsky
Alexandra Schneider (she/her)

Genetics and Epigenetics
Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2021

Advisor(s):

  • Colin Conine

Rotations:

  • Colin Conine
  • Roberto Bonasio
  • Montserrat Anguera
Alexis Scott (she/her)

Cancer Biology
Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2021

Advisor(s):

  • Malay Haldar

Rotations:

  • Todd Ridky
  • Chengcheng Jin
  • Malay Haldar
  • Leyuan Ma
Kelsey Salcido (she/her)

Cancer Biology
Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2021

Project Title: Metabolic effect of alcohol consumption on cancer

Advisor(s):

  • Zachary Schug

Rotations:

  • Zachary Schug
  • Zoltan Arany
  • Kara Maxwell
  • Celeste Simon
Bakary Samasa (he/him)

Developmental, Stem Cell, and Regenerative Biology
Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2021

Advisor(s):

  • Mary Mullins

Rotations:

  • Mary Mullins
  • Michael Granato
  • Panteleimon Rompolas
  • Stephen Dinardo
Annabel Sangree (she/her)

Gene Therapy and Vaccines
Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2021

Project Title: Investigating aberrant splicing as a pathogenic mechanism in Bryant-Li-Bhoj syndrome.

Advisor(s):

  • Elizabeth Bhoj

Rotations:

  • Laura Su
  • Elizabeth Bhoj
  • Kiran Musunuru
Geoffrey Rouin (he/him)

Cancer Biology
Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2021

Project Title: Defining Epigenetic Mechanisms of Human CAR T Cell Exhaustion and Reversal

Advisor(s):

  • Evan Weber

Rotations:

  • Patrick Grohar
  • Kristopher Bosse
  • Ellen Puré
  • Evan Weber
Melissa Rowe (she/her)

Cancer Biology
Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2021

Project Title: Identifying the role of telomere length in hepatic oncogenesis

Advisor(s):

  • Klaus Kaestner

Rotations:

  • Chengcheng Jin
  • Klaus Kaestner
  • Aime Franco
Abigail Ridler (she/her)

Developmental, Stem Cell, and Regenerative Biology
Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2021

Project Title: Investigating molecular mechanisms of GATA6 and retinoic acid signaling synergy in human pancreas progenitor specification and their role in endocrine development

Advisor(s):

  • Paul Gadue

Rotations:

  • Benjamin Prosser
  • Foteini Mourkioti
  • Paul Gadue
Kiara Rodríguez-Acevedo (she/her)

Genetics and Epigenetics
Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2021

Project Title: Investigating Parity-Induced Protection against Breast Cancer In Response to Oncogenic Stimuli

Advisor(s):

  • Elizabeth Heller

Rotations:

  • Montserrat Anguera
  • Elizabeth Heller
  • Erica Korb
Emmanuel Rapp Reyes (he/him)

Developmental, Stem Cell, and Regenerative Biology
Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2021

Advisor(s):

  • Thomas Leung

Rotations:

  • Thomas Leung
  • Jonathan Epstein
  • Nicholas Plachta
  • Juan Alvarez

I am interested in understanding the molecular mechanisms that determine cell fate.


Lauren Reich (she/they)

Genetics and Epigenetics
Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2021

Project Title: Investigating the relationship between RNA modifications and chromatin accessibility

Advisor(s):

  • Roberto Bonasio

Rotations:

  • Erica Korb
  • Kathryn Wellen
  • Roberto Bonasio
Ashvathi Raghavakaimal (she/her)

Cancer Biology
Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2021

Project Title: Investigating Parity-Induced Protection against Breast Cancer In Response to Oncogenic Stimuli

Advisor(s):

  • Lewis Chodosh

Rotations:

  • Kara Maxwell
  • Lewis Chodosh
  • Crystal Conn
Aidan Quigley (he/him)

Gene Therapy and Vaccines
Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2021

Project Title: Development of Virus-Like Particles (VLPs) for the engineering of immunotherapeutics

Advisor(s):

  • Kiran Musunuru
  • Kristopher Bosse

Rotations:

  • Daniel Powell
  • Kiran Musunuru
  • Kristopher Bosse
Tania Perez (she/her)

Genetics and Epigenetics
Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2021

Project Title: Investigating the role of Disrupted in Schizophrenia 1 (DISC1) in mitochondrial trafficking

Advisor(s):

  • Erika Holzbaur

Rotations:

  • Erika Holzbaur
  • Erica Korb
  • Naiara Aquizu Lopez
Kayla Purdy (she/her)

Developmental, Stem Cell, and Regenerative Biology
Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2021

Project Title: Foxo coordinates axon regeneration and clearance via microtubule dynamics

Advisor(s):

  • Yuanquan Song

Rotations:

  • Panteleimon Rompolas
  • D. Kacy Cullen
  • Kelly Jordan-Sciutto
  • Yuanquan Song
Renyta Moses (she/her)

Cancer Biology
Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2021

Project Title: Germline p53 R181 mutants and DNA binding cooperativity in tumorigenesis

Advisor(s):

  • Kara Maxwell
  • Maureen Murphy

Rotations:

  • Rugang Zhang
  • Lewis Chodosh
  • Kara Maxwell
Emily O'Rourke (she/her)

Microbiology, Virology, and Parasitology
Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2021

Project Title: Investigating inflammasome responses to Salmonella in human macrophages

Advisor(s):

  • Sunny Shin

Rotations:

  • Sunny Shin
  • Audrey John
  • Joseph St Geme
Ting-Chun

Microbiology, Virology, and Parasitology
Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2021

Advisor(s):

  • Elizabeth Grice

Rotations:

  • Elizabeth Grice
  • Joseph Zackular
  • Maayan Levy
Taylor Miller-Ensminger (she/her)

Microbiology, Virology, and Parasitology
Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2021

Project Title: The Impact of Viral Infection on Intergenerational Non-genetic Inheritance

Advisor(s):

  • Kellie Jurado

Rotations:

  • Katharine Bar
  • Scott Hensley
  • Kellie Jurado
Natalie Moore (she/her)

Cell Biology, Physiology, and Metabolism
Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2021

Advisor(s):

  • David Merrick

Rotations:

  • Zoltan Arany
  • Paul Titchenell
  • David Merrick
Rushabh Mehta (he/him)

Genetics and Epigenetics
Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2021

Project Title: Determining the epigenetic mechanisms underlying minimal residual disease in B-cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia

Advisor(s):

  • Kai Tan

Rotations:

  • Kai Tan
  • Rajan Jain
  • Pablo Cámara
Loreilys Mejias Rivera

Genetics and Epigenetics
Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2021

Project Title: Uncovering how muscle-resident mesenchymal progenitors undergo aberrant chondro-osteogenic differentiation in Fibrodysplasia Ossificans Progressiva

Advisor(s):

  • Eileen Shore

Rotations:

  • Brian Capell
  • Naiara Aquizu Lopez
  • Eileen Shore
Allison Marvin (she/her)

Cell Biology, Physiology, and Metabolism
Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2021

Project Title: Maternal Regulation of Microtubule Organizing Centers in the Egg and Oocyte

Advisor(s):

  • Mary Mullins

Rotations:

  • Mary Mullins
  • Nancy Speck
  • Greg Bashaw
Christopher McAllister (he/him)

Developmental, Stem Cell, and Regenerative Biology
Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2021

Advisor(s):

  • Sharlene Day

Rotations:

  • Arndt Siekmann
  • Foteini Mourkioti
  • Sharlene Day
Josue Medor (he/him)

Cancer Biology
Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2021

Project Title: Uncovering the Role and Regulation of CLK2 Isoforms in Cancer

Advisor(s):

  • Peter Choi

Rotations:

  • Warren Pear
  • Maureen Murphy
  • Peter Choi
Claire Makowski (she/her)

Genetics and Epigenetics
Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2021

Advisor(s):

  • Kenneth Zaret

Rotations:

  • Kenneth Zaret
  • Doris Wagner
  • Colin Conine
Kaeri M. Medina (she/her)

Microbiology, Virology, and Parasitology
Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2021

Project Title: Defining Host Factors that Facilitate Bunyavirus mRNA Translation.

Advisor(s):

  • Sara Cherry

Rotations:

  • Susan Weiss
  • Sara Cherry
  • Paul Planet
Michael Kuckyr (he/him)

Gene Therapy and Vaccines
Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2021

Advisor(s):

  • Beverly Davidson

Rotations:

  • Kiran Musunuru
  • Beverly Davidson
  • Defne Amado
Mingjia Li (she/her)

Genetics and Epigenetics
Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2021

Advisor(s):

  • Zhaolan Zhou

Rotations:

  • Hao Wu
  • Beverly Davidson
  • Kai Wang
Nora Kiledjian (she/her)

Genetics and Epigenetics
Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2021

Project Title: Identifying the Effects of m6A on mRNAs During Adaptive Stress

Advisor(s):

  • Crystal Conn

Rotations:

  • Crystal Conn
  • Kristen Lynch
  • Kathryn Hamilton
Austin King (he/him)

Genetics and Epigenetics
Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2021

Project Title: Elucidating the Oncogenic Machinery that drives NPM1c-associated AML and Identification of NPM1c-specific Epigenetic Vulnerabilities.

Advisor(s):

  • Andres Blanco

Rotations:

  • Matthew Kayser
  • Andres Blanco
  • Peter Choi
Elizabeth Kraeutler (she/her)

Genetics and Epigenetics
Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2021

Advisor(s):

  • Eric Joyce

Rotations:

  • Eric Joyce
  • Kenneth Zaret
  • Rajan Jain
Kay Katada (she/her)

Cell Biology, Physiology, and Metabolism
Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2021

Advisor(s):

  • Kathryn Hamilton

Rotations:

  • Paul Titchenell
  • Kathryn Hamilton
  • De'Broski Herbert
Diljeet Kaur (she/her)

Genetics and Epigenetics
Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2021

Advisor(s):

  • Wanding Zhou
  • Ziyue Gao

Rotations:

  • Ziyue Gao
  • Robert Faryabi
  • Wanding Zhou
Aude Ikuzwe Sindikubwabo (she/her)

Genetics and Epigenetics
Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2021

Advisor(s):

  • Shefali Setia-Verma

Rotations:

  • Sarah Tishkoff
  • Alessandra Chesi
  • Marylyn Ritchie

Identifying and validating loci associated with diseases under-represented in genomic research

 


Katharine Hewlett (she/her)

Microbiology, Virology, and Parasitology
Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2021

Advisor(s):

  • Joseph Zackular

Rotations:

  • Katharine Bar
  • Joseph Zackular
  • Audrey John
Michael Hogarty (he/him)

Microbiology, Virology, and Parasitology
Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2021

Project Title: HIV-1 Vaccine Design to Elicit Broadly Neutralizing Antibodies Targeting the V3-Glycan Coreceptor Binding Site

Advisor(s):

  • George Shaw

Rotations:

  • George Shaw
  • Sara Cherry
  • Audrey John
Nicolas Holcomb (he/him)

Developmental, Stem Cell, and Regenerative Biology
Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2021

Project Title: Identifying the Migratory and pro-Fibrotic Mechanisms of Influenza Induced Ectopic Krt5+ Cells in the Distal Lung

Advisor(s):

  • Andrew Vaughan

Rotations:

  • Andrew Vaughan
  • Riccardo Gottardi
  • Thomas Leung
Gabriela Hayward-Lara (she/her)

Developmental, Stem Cell, and Regenerative Biology
Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2021

Project Title: Investigating the role of Polycomb bodies in maintaining a repressed chromatin state during Drosophila development

Advisor(s):

  • Mustafa Mir

Rotations:

  • Mustafa Mir
  • Alex Hughes
  • Melike Lakadamyali
Megan Guerin

Developmental, Stem Cell, and Regenerative Biology
Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2021

Advisor(s):

  • Mary Mullins

Rotations:

  • Mary Mullins
  • Marisa Bartolomei
  • Colin Conine
Segovia Garcia (she/her)

Developmental, Stem Cell, and Regenerative Biology
Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2021

Project Title: Discovering Regulators of Polycomb Domain Establishment

Advisor(s):

  • Roberto Bonasio

Rotations:

  • Roberto Bonasio
  • Robert Mauck
  • Erica Korb
Maya Foster (she/her)

Cancer Biology
Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2021

Project Title: Elucidating the mechanism of action of a novel p53 reactivating molecule

Advisor(s):

  • Maureen Murphy

Rotations:

  • Kathryn Wellen
  • Maureen Murphy
  • Crystal Conn
Olivia Fish (she/her)

Genetics and Epigenetics
Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2021

Project Title: Uncovering the role of mts and sqz in Frazzled-dependent axon guidance

Advisor(s):

  • Greg Bashaw

Rotations:

  • Thomas Jongens
  • Greg Bashaw
  • Bushra Raj
Carmen Flesher (she/her)

Cell Biology, Physiology, and Metabolism
Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2021

Project Title: Understanding adipocyte progenitor cell–macrophage crosstalk and adipose tissue dynamics in obesity pathogenesis

Advisor(s):

  • David Merrick

Rotations:

  • Patrick Seale
  • David Merrick
  • Rebecca Wells
Samantha Fallacaro (she/her)

Developmental, Stem Cell, and Regenerative Biology
Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2021

Project Title: Quantifying how transcription factor hubs drive gene occupancy during development

Advisor(s):

  • Mustafa Mir

Rotations:

  • Mustafa Mir
  • Stephen Dinardo
  • Bushra Raj
Mark Dittmar (he/him)

Microbiology, Virology, and Parasitology
Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2021

Advisor(s):

  • Sara Cherry

Rotations:

  • Audrey John
  • Sara Cherry
  • Sarah Henrickson
Rachel Erickson (she/her)

Microbiology, Virology, and Parasitology
Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2021

Project Title: Optimizing a VSV-Vectored Vaccine for Machupo Virus

Advisor(s):

  • Paul Bates

Rotations:

  • Scott Hensley
  • Paul Bates
  • Laurence Eisenlohr
Abigail Daniels (she/her)

Microbiology, Virology, and Parasitology
Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2021

Project Title: Investigating the molecular mechanisms of gamete interaction in Cryptosporidium

Advisor(s):

  • Boris Striepen

Rotations:

  • Michael Povelones
  • Audrey John
  • Boris Striepen
Angela Corrigan (she/her)

Microbiology, Virology, and Parasitology
Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2021

Advisor(s):

  • Mohamed Abdel-Mohsen

Rotations:

  • Scott Hensley
  • Mohamed Abdel-Mohsen
  • John Wherry
Nicholas Cerda (he/him)

Gene Therapy and Vaccines
Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2021

Project Title: Evaluating the pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics of a mucosal mRNA vaccine against respiratory syncytial virus

Advisor(s):

  • Drew Weissman
  • Hamideh Parhiz

Rotations:

  • Drew Weissman
  • Daniel Kulp
  • Hamideh Parhiz

Publications: ORCiD


Kelly Clark (she/her)

Genetics and Epigenetics
Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2021

Project Title: Mechanism of chromatin and proliferation dysregulation in Bryant-Li-Bhoj Syndrome

Advisor(s):

  • Elizabeth Bhoj

Rotations:

  • Elizabeth Bhoj
  • Eric Joyce
  • Colin Conine
Dominique Brooks (she/her)

Gene Therapy and Vaccines
Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2021

Project Title: Therapeutic base editing and prime editing for phenylketonuria

Advisor(s):

  • Kiran Musunuru

Rotations:

  • Paul Gadue
  • Kiran Musunuru
  • Rajan Jain
Morgan Brown (she/her)

Cancer Biology
Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2021

Project Title: Investigating the role of BCAA metabolism in HCC and anti-tumor immunity

Advisor(s):

  • Celeste Simon
  • Will Bailis

Rotations:

  • Vikram Paralkar
  • Celeste Simon
  • Will Bailis
Emily Aunins (she/her)

Microbiology, Virology, and Parasitology
Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2021

Project Title: Opposing roles for IL-12 and Interferon-gamma in regulating CD8+ T cell responses to mRNA vaccination”

Advisor(s):

  • Christopher Hunter

Rotations:

  • Igor Brodsky
  • Michael Abt
  • Christopher Hunter
Dale L. Brokaw

Genetics and Epigenetics
Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2021

Advisor(s):

  • Sydney Shaffer

Rotations:

  • Hao Wu
  • Sydney Shaffer
  • Elizabeth Heller
Miosotis Alicea-Delgado (she/her)

Cell Biology, Physiology, and Metabolism
Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2021

Advisor(s):

  • Xilma Ortiz-Gonzalez

Rotations:

  • Joe Baur
  • Xilma Ortiz-Gonzalez
  • Michael Marks
Jose Arias-Umana (he/him)

Gene Therapy and Vaccines
Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2021

Advisor(s):

  • Evan Weber

Rotations:

  • Denise Sabatino
  • Laura Su
  • Evan Weber
Reyes Acosta (he/him)

Microbiology, Virology, and Parasitology
Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2021

Advisor(s):

  • Daniel Claiborne

Rotations:

  • Joseph Fraietta
  • Daniel Claiborne
  • Scott Gordon
Katherine Xia

Cell Biology, Physiology, and Metabolism
Degree: MD/PhD
Matriculation Year: 2021

Advisor(s):

  • Edward Lee

Rotations:

  • Edward Lee
  • Bradley Johnson
  • Erika Holzbaur
Jack You

Developmental, Stem Cell, and Regenerative Biology
Degree: MD/PhD
Matriculation Year: 2021

Advisor(s):

  • George Cotsarelis

Rotations:

  • Panteleimon Rompolas
  • Thomas Leung
Erica Nguyen

Developmental, Stem Cell, and Regenerative Biology
Degree: MD/PhD
Matriculation Year: 2021

Rotations:

  • William Peranteau
  • Michal Elovitz
  • Mark Kahn
Pavithran Ravindran

Cancer Biology
Degree: MD/PhD
Matriculation Year: 2021

Rotations:

  • Arjun Raj
  • Andy Minn
Orlando Arevalo (he/him)

Gene Therapy and Vaccines
Degree: MD/PhD
Matriculation Year: 2021

Rotations:

  • Marco Ruella
  • Ma Leyuan
Sanam Kavari

Genetics and Epigenetics
Degree: MD/PhD
Matriculation Year: 2021

Rotations:

  • Jennifer Kalish
  • Marisa Bartolomei
  • Zoltan Arany
Alexandria Adigun

Developmental, Stem Cell, and Regenerative Biology
Degree: MD/PhD
Matriculation Year: 2021

Rotations:

  • Matthew Kayser
  • Mary Mullins
Alexander Post

Developmental, Stem Cell, and Regenerative Biology
Degree: VMD/PhD
Matriculation Year: 2020

Project Title: Unraveling Dairy-Probiotic Interactions: Exploring the Impact of Resultant Metabolite Mediators on Gut-Brain Axis Development

Advisor(s):

  • Dipti Pitta

Rotations:

  • Stewart Anderson
  • Christoph Thaiss
  • Ernestina Schipani
  • Dipti Pitta
Raegan Petch

Microbiology, Virology, and Parasitology
Degree: VMD/PhD
Matriculation Year: 2021

Advisor(s):

  • Paul Bates

Rotations:

  • Ronald Harty
  • Paul Bates